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Knapp Logistics & Automation Inc. v. R/X Automation Solutions, Inc.

United States District Court, District of Colorado

April 16, 2015

KNAPP LOGISTICS & AUTOMATION, INC., Plaintiff,
v.
R/X AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS, INC., Defendant.

ORDER

R. Brooke Jackson, United States District Judge.

This order addresses three summary judgment motions and defendant’s recent motion to amend its Answer and Counterclaim.

BACKGROUND

The Court described the background to this lawsuit in its Claim Construction Order issued on March 16, 2015. ECF No. 79. Briefly, Knapp Logistics & Automation, Inc. is the assignee of U.S. Patent No. 8, 601, 776, providing systems and methods of automated dispensing, prescription filling and packaging of pills. The invention is intended to fill a need for an automated tablet dispensing system that provides “high security, controlled and reduced replenishment, efficiency, and ease of use.” Patent, ECF No. 58-1, at 1:44–47. The present dispute focuses on the component of the system known as an Automated Tablet Dispenser or “ATD.” Knapp alleges that R/X Automation Solutions, Inc. (“RXAS”) is marketing an ATD that infringes at least 11 of the claims in the ‘776 patent. RXAS denies infringement and counterclaims for a declaration of invalidity of both the ‘776 patent and another Knapp patent, U.S. Patent No. 8, 141, 330 (the ‘330 patent). ECF No. 12.

The patent has one independent claim and 19 dependent claims. Claim 1, the independent claim, reads as follows:

“What is claimed is:

1. A system for automated tablet dispensing comprising:
a counter configured to count tablets, the counter comprising:
[1] a secure door;
a sensor configured to count the tablets; and
[2] a hopper assembly configured to receive the tablets through the secure door and transfer the tablets to the sensor; and
[3] a closed canister removably engaged with the secure door of the counter and configured to hold the tablets for delivery through the secure door of the counter and into the hopper assembly;
wherein [4] the counter is configured to count the tablets when the secure door of the counter is open and closed.”

The Court added the bolding and the numbers to identify more easily the terms that were construed in ...


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